Marlon Schumacher is full professor for Music Informatics at the Institute for Music Informatics and Musicology (IMWI) of the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied musicology and philosophy at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen, holds masters degrees (pedagogical and artistic) in music theory, digital media and composition from the HFMDK Stuttgart, and a PhD in Music Technology from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He works in R&D in the fields of spatial sound perception and synthesis, computer-aided composition and musical interfaces. His contributions to these fields are various: publications, courses, development, academic services. He is the author of several open-source software tools, most notably libraries for IRCAM's OpenMusic computer-aided composition environment and gesture-processing packages for Cycling74's Max software. He is a collaborator of CIRMMT and associate researcher for the Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab (IDMIL), permanent board member of the MuSA conference and serves as reviewer for major conferences, such as NIME and ICMC. During his mandate as director of the ComputerStudio of the HfM Karlsruhe (2017/18) he designed several research labs und introduced digital infrastructure such as information portals, booking systems and augmented facilities and digital instruments (e.g. a computer-controlled grand piano with sensing array). As composer and performer his work is typified by a broad spectrum of media and formats, ranging from instrumental pieces, to intermedia crowd-performance and sound installations. His works have been performed in Europe, the US and Canada by renown ensembles such as Ensemble Mosaik and Ensemble Klangfabrik.

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